conventionality

noun
con·​ven·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \kən-ˌven(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē \
plural conventionalities

Definition of conventionality 

1 : a conventional usage, practice, or thing

2 : the quality or state of being conventional especially : adherence to conventions

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On Twitter, Megan McArdle suggested to me that the fix for the family structure problem is for Hollywood to become moralistic and scoldy about unmarried parents and to valorize bourgeois conventionality. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Family structure matters, but can we do anything about it?," 5 Oct. 2018 Each perfectly cast character has a twist that places him or her outside of conventionality. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Bill Hader’s ‘Barry’ a killer comedy," 20 Mar. 2018 Every Aquarian is a rebel at heart: These air signs despise authority and anything that represents conventionality. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of an Aquarius, Explained," 2 Feb. 2018 One is the doctrine of conventionality control, which is contested by some scholars. The Economist, "The mouse that ruledLatin America’s human-rights court moves into touchy territory," 1 Feb. 2018 In a sea of eye-numbing conventionality, a maverick appearance is their signature. Ruth La Ferla, New York Times, "It’s Always Fishnets Season Somewhere," 27 Oct. 2017 The crimes that shock him out of his comfortable conventionality come from real-life murderers David Berkowitz and Edmund Kemper, whose chaotic relationships with women have manifested into a systemic gruesomeness that lacks clear motives. Paige S. Allen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mindhunter Explores the Chilling Origin of the Modern American Serial Killer," 15 Oct. 2017 The 1950s are now remembered as an age of wan conventionality. Mona Charen, National Review, "Leftists Feed Extremists They Fear with Attacks on Amy Wax," 8 Sep. 2017 What's harder to overlook is the kind of uninspired conventionality that should frighten more intrepid eaters. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "The rural fantasy of Blue Door Farm Stand," 24 Aug. 2017

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circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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